Monday, November 26, 2012

Gateway women

All these wonderful women have one thing in common. Thanks Cindy for passing this site on.

Check out Gateway Women on Pinterest. And if you like the role models, you'll love Jody's Gateway Women website.

Friday, October 12, 2012

even the Guardian references deliberately barren

With Julia Gillard stirring up the House of Representatives, tongue lashing the opposition leader this week, her feminist speech on misogyny has gone viral.

And so it deserves to. Did you know 'to Gillard' is now a verb in the US?

Even the Guardian editorial got in on the act and resurrected Heffernan's epithet. A week to be proud of Barren Ones!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Deliberately Barren at the Sydney Biennale

Deliberately Barren (the blog) celebrates the choice to be child-free. A lifestyle that has it's share of both pleasure and complications. But for some it's a scar, a wound and a pain that never heals. I was taken by this piece at the Sydney Biennale, on Cockatoo Island. I'm wondering if the contributor to this collaborative exhibition found any healing in stitching her canvas together?

Nadia Myre Nadia Myre works across the mediums of film and video, sound, the Internet, handwork, interaction and performance. She explores themes of longing and loss, and the essentially human desire to reconcile the two. Myre’s interest in scars stems from her concerns with identity and experience, and specific focus on ideas of pain and healing. Scars are a signifier of time, of lives lived, and Myre treats the blank canvas as a body with the potential to be damaged and repaired. The Scar Project (2005–12) is a collaborative effort in which audiences depict their own scars on canvas and write an accompanying text. Treating the cloth like skin, participants cut and stitch the canvas, disfiguring and healing it in turn. The result is an ever-evolving installation that portrays an often unsightly reality in a poignant and compelling light. For the 18th Biennale of Sydney, Myre will continue The Scar Project with a Sydney audience.

Thursday, May 31, 2012


This song added a smile to a barren woman's dial today.


Thursday, May 3, 2012

would Gillard cop less flack if she had children?

Julia Gillard, patron saint of the deliberately barren, under fire once more for her choice to be childfree.

And, to be frank, the fact that Gillard has no children perhaps also limits her exposure to what’s happening in the world outside the rarefied corridors of Canberra or the Melbourne dinner party set. If the PM moved in broader circles or had better political instincts then this would not be an issue but it seems as though she needs every avenue to the outside world she can get and kids can be a great – if often unwelcome – conduit to what’s really going on. Joe Hildebrand

And an interesting analysis by Tim Dunlop on why she’s copping so much flack.

Our little corner of the world seems to be growing increasingly more conservative.